Dr Subhan Zein accepted an invitation to attend the British Council’s Future of English Research Summit at Warwick University, England, 9-10 September 2022. He presented his paper ‘Recent trends in English as a subject in basic education in Asia’ in the Summit.

He also teamed up with a team of international researchers in the design of the Future of English research project, particularly in the development of online survey, analysis of coursebooks, as well as interviews and observations of teachers. The project is the largest international project on the future of English, involving no less than 40 scholars from around the world. Some of the scholars involved are Professor Fiona Copland (Warwick University, England), Professor Sue Garton (Aston University, England), and Professor Mario Lopez-Gopar (University of Oaxaca, Mexico).

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On 27 September 2022, Dr Zein delivered a keynote talk at International Conference on Applied Linguistics, held in Universitas Pendidikan Indonesia (UPI), Bandung. His title of his talk was Superdiversity and translanguaging: Language beyond borders.

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Following the completion of the Conference, Dr Zein was offered a Visiting Professorship position in Applied Linguistics at UPI. Rector of UPI, Prof. Dr. H. M. Solehuddin, M.Pd, M.A., signed a letter on 7 October 2022 to formalise Dr Zein’s professorship.

Dr Zein’s interest in world literature and his ongoing novel project have brought him in close acquaintance with Georgia’s foremost scholar in literature, Professor Maka Elbakidze.

Over the years, Professor Elbakidze has become Dr Zein’s ardent supporter in his project. Following the completion of the highly successful International Comparative Literature Association Conference where Dr Zein was a plenary speaker, Professor Elbakidze invited him to deliver a lecture at Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University. He accepted the invitation and deliver a lecture entitled ‘Shota Rustavelli and world’s literature: Pearls of wisdom on love typology’ on 18 January 2023.

After years of building research engagement with Asian scholars, Dr Zein attempted to forge new research networking with scholars in South America. His acquaintance with Professor Adriana Maria Gonzalez of Universidad de Antioquia, Medellin, Colombia, brought him closer to reach his aspiration.

He was then invited to deliver a lecture entitled ‘Language, languaging, translanguaging: Talks as social phenomena’ at Universidad de Antioquia. The talk, held on 3 March 2023, is a precursor for future engagement with other scholars in Colombia, particularly those involved in the UNESCO’s South American Project for Multilingualism and Language Diversity.

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Dr Zein was invited by Professor Fernanda Liberari to deliver a lecture to postgraduate students at Pontifícia Universidade Católica de São Paulo (PUC-SP), São Paulo, Brazil. The lecture was held on 30 March 2023.

Speaking in front of an electrifying audience studying at a faculty where the internationally renowned Brazilian educator Paulo Freire used to teach, Dr Zein focused on ‘Translanguaging and multiliteracies as pedagogical liberation’.


Dr Zein has been invited by Universitas Kristen Satya Wacana, Salatiga, Central Java, Indonesia, to speak at a symposium on language education in Indonesia. The event is going to be held on 10 June 2023.

Scheduled to speak in front of undergraduate and postgraduate students, as well as school and university teachers, Dr Zein will present a talk entitled ‘Current trends in Applied Linguistics: Understanding translanguaging and superdiversity’.

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Dr Zein has been invited to present his paper at the 21st AsiaTEFL Conference in Daejon, South Korea, 17-20 August 2023. His paper, Language ideologies and internationalisation of education in English as a subject in basic education in ASEAN, is based on his English as a subject in basic education in ASEAN research (Zein, 2022a, 2022b).

During the conference, he will also deliver a plenary speech on AsiaTEFL Book Series.